From SZA to the Stone of Scone, the words that help tell the story of 2023 were often mispronounced

In this photo provided by the National Park Service, lava spews from the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii, June 7, 2023. This year’s lists of the most mispronounced words in the U.S. and Britain were released on Thursday, Dec. 7, by the online language learning company Babbel, and two volcanos — Mexico’s Popocatépetl, pronounced Poh-poh-kah-TEH-peh-til, and Hawaii’s Kilauea, pronounced Kee-lou-EY-uh — made the list. (Janice Wei/National Park Service via AP, File)

Some of the words tied to this year’s hottest topics were also among the most mangled when it came to saying them aloud, with stumpers ranging from the first name of “Oppenheimer” star Cillian Murphy to the singer SZA to the name of a sacred slab of sandstone used in the coronation of King Charles III.